Poll panel ushers new measures for booth-level monitoring

April 13th, 2009 - 10:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) The Election Commission will introduce a three-tier communication system to monitor all the booths during the Lok Sabha polls, an official said here Monday.
“The Election Commission will introduce a three-level advanced monitoring system, Communication Plan for Election Tracking (comET), in the coming elections. The entire communication network will be operated through control rooms,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Debashis Sen told reporters.

He said the password-controlled system would be divided into three different tiers - one from the national capital, second from the state capital and third at the district level.

“We are also trying to expand this network to further micro level. Through this comET system, all poll personnel can contact the commission and vice-versa directly in case they face any problem.

“We have already informed all our district level officers about this system through video conferencing. And we will open this control room in West Bengal April 27,” Sen said.

He said the election commission will provide all presiding officers with a special hotline.

“All presiding officers will be connected with the block-level office through a close user group (CUG) connection on their mobile telephones. So they would be able to contact the officials if they face any problem during the poll process,” Sen said.

For this, the election commission will provide special Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited SIM cards to all poll personnel in the state.

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